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AT&T Joins Crowd to Offer Enterprise-type Cloud Storage

It took longer than many industry observers thought, but telco giant AT&T announced May 18 that it intends to offer cloud-based storage services for enterprises. EMC, which is busy this week with its annual EMC World users' conference in Orlando, Fla., will supply the hardware, software and services behind the new offering.

Thus, AT&T jumps directly into the dogfight for enterprise cloud storage sales along with Amazon, Google, Carbonite, Box.net, Iron Mountain -- and curiously enough, EMC's own Decho storage offering, which you may have read about right here at the Station a while back.

Decho -- short for "Digital Echo" -- used to be Mozy and Pi at one time. Read this Station item to better understand all this.

AT&T said that it will operate the new service from two U.S.-based data centers, at least at the outset. If it looks promising, the company said it intends to expand the service overseas at some point. No info was available on pricing or other details.

Chris Preimesberger

Chris Preimesberger

Chris Preimesberger is Editor of Features & Analysis at eWEEK, responsible in large part for the publication's coverage areas. In his 12 years and more than 3,900 stories at eWEEK, he has...